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Manufactured homes could soon be allowed in south Olds

Amendment needed to accommodate medium to high-density residential development south of 54th Street in Olds
The land in this image, outlined in yellow in a reverse shape of the province of Alberta, is the land in Olds that may be redesignated for manufactured homes.

OLDS — Town council has given first reading to a land use amendment bylaw that would enable manufactured homes to be built/installed on 20.25 acres south of the Olds Regional Exhibition.

Council also set Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the bylaw. Second and third reading could follow.

Council made those decisions during its Feb. 26 meeting.

A request for decision (RFD) from administrative staff says the amendment would change the zoning of the land at 5200 58th Street from urban reserve (UR) to manufactured home district (R4) “to accommodate a new residential development of prefabricated, factory-built dwelling units.”

The RFD notes that the parcel in question is located within the Uptowne Olds Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

A land use concept map in the ARP calls for that land to be used for medium to high-density residential development.

However, a town policy calls for medium to high-density housing to be located north of 54th Street and low-density housing to be located south of 54th Street.

“Neither the concept map nor the policy specifies a land use district, but administration considers the R4 district to appropriately align with both of these considerations, as expected densities are in between the town’s low-density (R1) and medium-density (R3) land use districts,” the RFD says.

Doug Collie

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